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ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« on: March 30, 2013, 04:57:22 PM »
Has anyone tried out ReadyBoost on a USB 1.1 port, and if so, was it at all beneficial?

Playing around with my Dell Laptop that is maxed out with 512MB Ram running Windows XP Pro SP3 on a Pentium III 600Mhz, I was thinking maybe it can see a performance gain using ReadyBoost. The CPU idles around 5% and when launching programs it sometimes hits 100% utilization, but usually around 70% with lots of Hard Drive activity on 80GB IDE HDD.

I played around with ReadyBoost on a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz HT system with 1GB RAM running Windows XP Pro a few years back and saw a small performance gain with the 2GB stick in a USB 2.0 slot.

Given that information online suggests that the advantage of ReadyBoost shows up better with systems with say 512MB system RAM with a 1.5GB ReadyBoost allocation on a thumb drive. I was wondering if it would help out this Pentium III 600Mhz, which also is bottlenecked with USB 1.1.

I am going to try this out probably sometime tomorrow since it wont cost me anything to try it out since I have a small pile of thumb drives and can free up a 1GB or 2GB stick.

I was wondering if I should go with a smaller Readyboost allocation such as even just 512MB since the bottleneck of the 1.1 communications with a larger cache allocation might slow the system down waiting for response from the readyboost cache, while if it were USB 2.0 the system might not have to wait for the response from the cache with a larger cache allocation.

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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 05:11:03 PM »
Just found this 3rd page in on google. I guess it wont work out well.

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/11497-Readyboost-with-PCI-USB-2-0-card-(on-PIII-P3)

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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013, 06:14:42 AM »
ReadyBoost isn't on Windows XP.
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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 09:26:27 AM »
Although Windows XP was not designed to use ReadyBoost, some articles discuss a workaround.  For example, http://www.ehow.com/how_8750027_use-readyboost-xp.html

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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2013, 09:48:39 AM »
Either way it doesn't matter IMHO...
ReadyBoost is a waste of time.
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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 10:20:19 AM »
Either way it doesn't matter IMHO...
ReadyBoost is a waste of time.
I'm inclined to agree.  I briefly experimented with it a few years ago with my laptop running Windows Vista and could not really notice any gains from it.

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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 06:40:53 PM »
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If you opt to use ReadyBoost, bear in mind that the speed of your USB drive also determines how much improved performance you’ll get. If you have an old, slow USB stick, you may not see a noticeable increase in performance, even with a small amount of RAM. Windows won’t allow ReadyBoost to be used on particularly slow USB flash drives, but some drives are faster than others.
http://www.howtogeek.com/123780/htg-explains-is-readyboost-worth-using/
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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 09:15:59 AM »
The Topic is 4 years old...
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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 10:31:57 AM »
Checked out link out of curiosity since I'm surprised that its still available as a feature of Windows such as for Windows 10.

Looks like your the author of that page too. It could use some cleaning up for proper english. VERY FASTER is incorrect. Additionally you have some run on sentences that can be cleaned up.  :)

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Re: ReadyBoost on USB 1.1 with Windows XP Pro SP3 and 512MB RAM?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 10:46:13 AM »
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